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Initial post: May 18, 2014 8:34:45 PM PDT
kajola says:
Welcome to Free Books and Chat (FB&C) -Monday, May 19, 2014
Thanks for stopping by!

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*Links To Free Book Resources *

You are strongly urged to confirm the price of the book before completing your purchase.
The price displayed on Amazon's website at the time of purchase is the price of the book.

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You are welcome to join us for conversation.
However, self-promotion or posting a link to your book in this forum is against Amazon's TOS. If you're looking to promote your work, please go to the "Meet Our Authors" forum, many of us check there as well:

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Posted on May 18, 2014 8:35:51 PM PDT
kajola says:
╰♥.☆.♥╮ FB&C Book Discussion ╰♥.☆.♥╮

The next book discussion is scheduled for Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 6:00pm PT.

The book selected is Beatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey

Unfortunately, it is NOT FREE right now but it is lending enabled.

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Robb - Thursday, May 22 start time around 10 pm PT
Robb - Friday, May 23 start time around 10 pm PT
Susan - Saturday, May 24 start time around 10 pm EDT/6 am EDT
Susan - Sunday, May 25 start time around 10 pm EDT/6 am EDT

Open Dates:

Wednesday, May 21
Monday, May 26
Tuesday, May 27
Wednesday, May 28
Thursday, May 29
Friday, May 30
Saturday, May 31


Just choose an available day, copy/paste schedule into a post and add your info.

Posted on May 18, 2014 8:37:21 PM PDT
kajola says:
Today in history: Ringling Brothers circus premieres. (1884)

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The Story Behind Ringling Brothers

In 1882, before the Ringling Brothers created their first circus, the 5 brothers performed skits and juggling routines in town halls around the state of Wisconsin. They called this the "Ringling Brothers' Classic and Comic Concert Company" and used the money earned for suits. The Ringling Brothers Circus began their first circus in 1884 in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Five siblings created the small Ringling Brothers Circus around the same time that Barnum and Bailey was enjoying a wealth of popularity.

As customary of the times, the Ringling Brothers circus traveled from town to town in small caravans guided by animals. They primarily toured the Midwest and soon gained instant success, quickly growing in size and status. Their circus became so large that a train was needed to transport the bulk of their business. It is through this mode of transportation that the Ringling Brothers became known as the largest traveling show of their day.


Combining Shows

The Ringlings purchased the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907 and kept the circuses separate for several years. In 1919, the last remaining Ringling Brothers, Charles and John decided to combine the two circuses because, as they grew older, it was becoming more and more difficult to accommodate the independent enterprises. The "Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows" made its debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 29th, 1919.

Throughout the 20s, the circus generated great success and when Charles passed away in 1926, John Ringling became recognized as one of the richest men in the world. Although the Great Depression packed a mighty blow to the progress of the circus throughout the 1930s, the business managed to stay afloat. John Ringling's nephew (also named John) took over the maintenance of the circus' affairs during this turbulent time, which lasted for several decades.

Despite travel restrictions that World War II brought upon the United States, President Roosevelt made a special declaration to allow the circus to use the rail system. The business reeled from a decrease in crowds and higher cost demands. As movies and television became the latest craze, the circus slowly lost its appeal. A last performance under the big top took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 16th, 1956.

A Comeback

In 1957, John Ringling North transported the circus from a tent show to an indoor production. Irvin Feld, a well-known name in the rock 'n roll tour production industry was brought on board to help the circus. By 1967, Feld and other interests bought the company from the Ringling family and quickly began to make adjustments to enhance quality and profitability. Over the years, the show was split into two touring units ("Red Unit" and "Blue Unit") that to this day still travel the world.

And Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus is alive and well.

Posted on May 18, 2014 8:38:23 PM PDT
kajola says:
Today is also Boy's Club and Girls Club Day


Boys and Girls Club Day celebrates the invaluable Boy's Clubs and Girl's Clubs around the country. There are clubs all over America providing safe recreational activities for our youth. They teach values and citizenship. They help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street.

Today is a day to recognize the importance of these groups for our children and to the community. With more and more parents at work, and broken families, these groups take on added importance.

You can celebrate Boys Club and Girl's Club Day in a variety of ways:

Learn about your local Boy's and Girl's clubs
Encourage your children to join them
As parents and adults, volunteer your time
Make a donation
If there is no club in your area, play a role in starting one.

Posted on May 18, 2014 8:39:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2014 8:39:50 PM PDT
kajola says:
~ ~ ~ Happy Anniversary WYRenegade ~ ~

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You'll have throughout your life
It gives much joy and pleasure
As you live as man and wife
May your marriage continue
With joy and pure delight
And may the love you have
Forever be bound tight

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Posted on May 18, 2014 8:51:51 PM PDT
kajola says:
We must have a Monday story so I found this one on the internet. There was no title or author's name given.


The circus elephants were standing behind the tents. The circus director had given Tommy and his grandfather permission to go see them. Tommy was so impressed his grandfather knew a circus director. He was sure there would be plenty of good stories in store about grandfather´s youth when they got back home.

circus elephants - circus elephant
Grandfather was holding Tommy´s hand in his when they saw the circus elephants for the first time. Tommy was very happy about it - he had never imagined the elephants would be so enormous!

There were five of them, all eating hay. Tommy looked at them, mesmerized by their size and the elegant movement of the trunks. An older man was carrying more hay to them and smiled at the old gentleman and the little boy.

- Want to come closer? He asked and smiled at Tommy, winking his eye to grandfather - they seemed to know each other too.

Tommy couldn´t get a word out of his mouth. He looked up at his grandfather who smiled back.

- Do you want to? Grandfather asked.

Tommy just nodded.

- Can we give them treats? Grandfather asked the man.

- Maybe not - if you only give one elephant something good to eat, the others want to have some too. Might be a bit scary for a small boy to be surrounded by five elephants...

- Of course. Come, Tommy!

Tommy followed grandfather to the nearest circus elephant. Grandfather patted the huge animal - it kept on eating. Tommy gathered all his courage and reached out his hand. Shyly he stroked the thick, wrinkled skin. He looked up and saw the elephant looking at him.

The other circus elephants kept on munching their hay, but the one Tommy had touched reached out his trunk and gently stroked the boy´s hair, as if smelling him. It was an amazingly light touch. Tommy´s face lit up and he couldn´t help but smile.

The men laughed and Tommy relaxed into stroking the trunk. Then his eyes caught sight of the rope that was tied around the hind leg of the animal, keeping it in place.

- Couldn´t he escape? The rope is so thin... Tommy said and pointed.

The elephant man smiled.

- He sure could! All these elephants could break their ropes any time.

- Why don´t they? Tommy wanted to know. In his imagination he already saw five elephants running through the tents, through the fair ground. He could vividly imagine ladies with parasols fainting, children screaming, lemonade sellers running for their lives, clowns scattering to all directions...

- Well - when they are young, they are tied down with similar rope, the man said, - Only the rope is tied so well they cannot break it. They try, but they can´t snap it or pull it loose. And so they learn the rope keeps them in place. And when they grow older, they keep on believing it and don´t even try to escape anymore.

- Really?

Little Tommy looked at the huge circus elephants in disbelief.

- And that, little man, is a good lesson for life, the elephant man said, - It is just as easy to make a man believe in his own powerlessness. If someone makes you believe you are powerless to change things, and they do it so well that you really do believe their words, you keep on believing them. If you do that, you sabotage your own life by not even trying to reach for better things. And only because you never question what someone in the past made you believe.

Tommy looked at the man and then up to his grandfather. Grandfather nodded.

- That is true, Tommy. So whenever you meet a person in your life who tries to make you believe you are not valuable or that you can´t do something, remember these circus elephants. Don´t believe when others belittle our abilities. They cannot know the great things you could do in life - only you can.

- So when mommy says I should not climb to the apple tree in the back yard she is wrong?

The men laughed out loud.

- No, Tommy. When you are young, listen to your parents because they know what might be dangerous to you. They advise you out of love. But you will meet people who would like nothing more than to drag you down when they see you could do great things. They can be children, they can be adults.

- Why?

- Because they have that invisible rope around their ankle. They don´t try new things because of it. And when they see someone who does - deep inside they know they could do it too. But snapping that old rope is not easy, and it may even hurt because they have built their lives believing in their limitations. Old habits die hard... And so they try to stop you from trying to make your life better because it makes them feel uncomfortable. If they succeed in stopping you, they feel better again. But you will feel lousy.

The elephant man patted the circus elephant.

- And if you feel lousy, you know you have acted against your heart. When that happens, stop and think if you shouldn´t follow your own path anyway.

The circus elephant affectionately wrapped his trunk around the elephant man.

- I followed my heart, the man said, - Even though all my friends said joining a circus would lead me only in trouble.

- Did it? Tommy asked.

- Well - if you say owning your own circus is trouble, I guess they were right, the man laughed.

- You own this whole circus? Tommy's eyes were the size of saucers.

- I do. And I love owning it. Only because I listened to my own heart and not others, I have had such an adventure filled life. And lots of fun too!

Tommy watched the circus elephants quietly for a while, all standing there with a rope around the ankle. Great giants who could have walked away from the circus any time, but didn´t because they believed they couldn´t.

Posted on May 18, 2014 9:54:25 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ KaJoLa
Thank you for making such an interesting start for us today and also for finding that story to share - a great lesson in life showing us all that life is great and we can all take that first step to new and wonderful things in our lives, at any time.

Posted on May 18, 2014 10:01:31 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
~ ~ Happy Anniversary WYRenegade ~ ~

Posted on May 18, 2014 11:06:34 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
80-year old Bessie bursts into the rec room at the retirement home. She holds her clenched fist in the air and announces, "Anyone who can guess what's in my hand can have sex with me tonight!"
An elderly gentleman in the rear shouts out, "An elephant?"
Bessie thinks a minute and says, "Close enough."

Posted on May 19, 2014 6:33:43 AM PDT
Good morning- bump

Posted on May 19, 2014 6:40:24 AM PDT
robb says:
How Red's laundry really gets done

Posted on May 19, 2014 8:17:23 AM PDT
kajola says:
Life, Inc.

If you could learn the exact moment of your death, would you?

If you could see a deceased loved one for one more day - at the price of a year of your life - would you?

These are the answers Life, Inc. wants to know...

In the near future, a scientific company called Life, Inc. changes the course of human history with amazing creations. Cars that hover and soar in sky lanes hundreds of feet in the air; nanobots able to cure disease; rocket technology that allows greater exploration of the cosmos; colonies built on the moon for tourists.

But Life, Inc.'s most significant achievement is the discovery of LifeForce, the essence of human life located in the back of the brain. The company creates a way of measuring LifeForce that allows people to learn exactly how much life they have remaining...

After the original founder of Life, Inc. passes away, his ambitious son takes over with plans for an even grander experiment than his father ever could've imagined. But only he knows the real reason for those plans...

The world may look drastically different but one thing still fuels people more than power or money or greed: love. And when Life, Inc. offers the chance for a lucky few to test their new technology, Henry Shade is determined to do whatever he must to see his wife again...

Posted on May 19, 2014 8:19:41 AM PDT
kajola says:
Discover the Mystery of Faith: How Worship Shapes Believing

What if the way we worship isn't just an expression of our faith, but is what shapes our faith?

The Church has believed this about the way we worship and pray together for centuries: The way we worship becomes the way we believe. But if this is true, it's time to take a closer look at what we say and sing and do each week. Drawing from his own discovery of ancient worship practices, Glenn Packiam helps us understand why the Church made creedal proclamations and Psalm-praying a regular part of their worship. He shares about why the Eucharist was the climactic point of their corporate "re-telling of the salvation story."

When our worship becomes a rich feast, our faith is nourished and no longer anemic. The more our worship speaks of Christ, the more we enter into the mystery of faith.

Posted on May 19, 2014 9:42:17 AM PDT
Lenora says:
Thanks for the start, KaJoLa! :) Happy Anniversary, WYRenegade!

Posted on May 19, 2014 9:49:16 AM PDT
JoJoPNW says:
Thanks for the interesting start.

My favourite animal is the giraffe, and these ones are so sweet!

~ ~ Happy Anniversary WYRenegade ~ ~

Wishing all a safe and fulfilling day. ♥

Posted on May 19, 2014 9:55:27 AM PDT
JoJoPNW says:
Happy Victoria Day to all Canadians!

Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honours Queen Victoria's birthday. In Quebec this holiday is called "National Patriotes Day" (Journée nationale des patriotes).

Posted on May 19, 2014 11:13:03 AM PDT
Good afternoon all :) (I assume it will be afternoon by the time this gets posted, anyways.) Thank you for the start KaJoLa. Happy Anniversary WYRenegade!
Happy Victoria Day to JoJoPNW, Printemps, and all Canucks :)

Let's see if I can find some books today, lol

From my watchlist:
Ghosts From Afghanistan (The Robert Ford Trilogy) - Dan Yeager - Action/Adventure
Last Tomorrow (City of Sin 3) - Simon Smith-Wilson - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Other picks today:
How Great Thou Art - Heather Thompson - Literary Fiction
The Earth Painter (The Painter Series) - Melissa Turner Lee - Inspirational Fiction
Rebekah's Treasure - Sylvia Bambola - Historical Fiction
West of Paradise - Marcy Hatch - Western Romance
Soul Fire (The Soul Trilogy) - Aprille Legacy - YA Romance
The William Peskett Novel Double - William Peskett - Contemporary Fiction
My Beautiful Uglich - Maria Skobtsova - Literary Fiction
God Doesn't Love Us All the Same - Nina Guilbeau - Contemporary Fiction

Posted on May 19, 2014 11:25:09 AM PDT
kajola says:
Happy Victoria Day!


Posted on May 19, 2014 11:26:55 AM PDT
Thanks for getting us started today...

This book is NOT FREE but it has been on my wish list since Sept. 2012....
It is the third in a series, I have gotten the other two free and it has a very big price drop today..
A Man of Honor: First Responders Book #3 NOT FREE

A Man of Honor: First Responders Book #3
by Loree Lough (Kindle Edition)
Price dropped 70% (was $9.99 when added to Wish List)

Posted on May 19, 2014 11:30:11 AM PDT
It is Monday... I have worked so far 11 days straight. Today is day 12..
Tomorrow, My phone will either be turned off or not answered...
I really Need this day..
I have so much to get done around here....... Maybe even read for a bit...

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2014 11:31:47 AM PDT
Sandy, sending some energy your way. Those long stretches are tough.

Posted on May 19, 2014 11:33:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2014 11:34:15 AM PDT
Aren't they though...
I clocked out with 40 1/2 hours for the week last night so today is all overtime...
I have made enough to almost pay mom back the money that I had to borrow while I was out of work though..

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2014 11:34:53 AM PDT
If you can really rest tomorrow, the overtime will be a well deserved bonus!

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2014 11:39:20 AM PDT
Lenora says:
That's great, Sandy! :D So happy for you! Enjoy tomorrow! I hope you get a chance to read.

Posted on May 19, 2014 11:43:42 AM PDT
Google turns its logo into giant Rubik's Cube

In honor of the Rubik's Cube's 40th anniversary, Google has transformed its logo on search pages to a giant, playable version of the popular toy.

When a visitor clicks on the logo, the Rubik's Cube will spin and grow into an interactive version of the 3-D puzzle. Players click the mouse to twist horizontally, while clicking and dragging down twists vertically.

The puzzle was invented in 1974 by Hungarian architecture professor Erno Rubik. It was originally called the Magic Cube before being renamed after its creator. The puzzle reached its peak popularity in the '80s as a hot kids toy, with an estimated 350 million sold worldwide, according to the official Rubik's Cube website.
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